Eugene Cho

stuff eugene liked this week

Hope everyone had a good week.  Busy week with many end of school year parental responsibilities and events.  Here’s some Stuff Eugene Liked This Week:

Canada Offers An Apology for Native Students’ Abuse [ny times] – the absolute most important read if you haven’t had a chance to read it already.  Here are some of the excerpts from Prime Minister Harper’s statement of apology.

What’s Fueling Global Warning Hysteria This Week [@ Broken Telegraph] – one of my growing favorite Quest bloggers.  And particularly in the Northwest, it takes some guts to question the whole global warming [un]debate.

What I Did with My Stimulus Check [@ God’s Politics] – a provocative read.  Here’s just the first paragraph:

On May 9, 2008, I received an “economic stimulus payment” from you for the amount of $600.00. I’m concerned that I received this check in error. As I understand it, you are $9 trillion in debt. You have outstanding bills with:

a) 47 million people in the United States without health insurance
b) 27 million Iraqis
c) 35.5 million Americans living without adequate food
d) 744,000 people in the U.S. without a place to live
e) 2.9 million disabled U.S. veterans
f) at least one polar bear

According to Psalm 37:21, “The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back, but the righteous give generously.” The money you gave to me was borrowed against your debt. As I see it, this is neither wise nor just.

@ THE MOVIES:  Saw the new Indiana Jones film and I can’t tell you how disappointed I was.  Geez.  I think I was more disppointed with this one than the Star Wars Prequels.  Anyone else?

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5 Responses

  1. paul merrill says:

    Re: Canada – it’s nice when a gov’t actually takes responsibility for its wrong-doings.

  2. chenster22 says:

    wow. props to canada. that’s pretty amazing.

    i was pretty disappointed by indiana jones as well. way too much george lucas in the second half of the movie. it started off pretty entertaining and then the cgi kicked in and everything went blegh.

  3. throwaholeinthesky says:

    um im new to this site and stuff, but dude you seriously kick ass and i subcribed but is there like, some kind of friend system?

  4. minna says:

    hey PE as your token canuck parishioner, i feel compelled to make a comment about your blog today. politics are politics, and i feel that there will always be people who undermine and twist the intentions of a politician’s words. i’m going to lean way over on the side of optimism and say that i was even more proud than i usual am to be canadian. for PM harper to take the burden of over 100 years of unimaginable mistreatment of the First Nations people truly is the realization of the seemingly impossible. what kind of crazy national leader would speak the words that he spoke?! my prayer is in accord with the words of national cheif phil fontaine: that this would be the beginning of both healing for, and reconciliation between the First Nations community and our country. merci beaucoup de partager cette histoire sur votre blog, PE!

  5. Capt Ralph says:

    Sorry, PE, can’t agree with you on that one………………………….I do usually agree, but the latest Indiana Jones brought back a lot of memories for this old man and was just fine. I only see about one movie a year in the theaters and got to see this one with my sons – in town for the weekend, the weekend it opened. I guess you could call that a nexus????????????????? How old were you when the first one came out? That could have some bearing. I called the guy I saw the first one with.

    A nostalgic memory – We went to see another movie, back then – 1979, or so – I got to the complex a little early and “snuck in” to see the beginning. (Jesus has forgiven me for that, too) and when I came out, my friend asked “Well, what do you think? Should we bother to see it?” I said (duh) yes. I asked him (he has an incredible memory) last week what movie was it we saw then, instead? Excalibur. Do you remember it? I sure don’t.

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love.  No...you don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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